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National Addictions Awareness Week, Nov. 18–25

Nov 21, 2013
So, you think it’s “just weed?” In high school, smoking a few joints may have seemed harmless but now we know differently.

­­­Produced in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit


SIMCOME MUSKOKA - So, you think it’s “just weed?”

In high school, smoking a few joints may have seemed harmless but now we know differently.

Evidence suggests that problems from cannabis use grow with increasing frequency, duration and amounts of use. Risk of dependence and problems, such as leaving school early and developing mental health problems, is higher for those who initiate use early.

The teenage brain is continuing to develop until the age of 25. Regular marijuana use increases a youth’s risk of developing serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia.

Marijuana has significant impacts on our society such as impaired driving, loss of productivity, mental health issues and addictions. Parents or family members can receive support even if the ones using cannabis are not ready to receive help from professionals. The benefit of family members receiving support is that they can learn healthy coping strategies for themselves and they can also learn how to be supportive of their loved ones.

We see what we want to see. See that we have a serious issue.

To get help for yourself or someone you care about, call 1-800-565-8603 or go to Many services are free and help is available.

Brought to you by the Addictions Awareness Committee of Simcoe Muskoka:

  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
  • Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch
  • Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

Part of the Simcoe Muskoka Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy.



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